“The Turning Test”: Driverless Vehicle Beats Amateur Race Car Driver on Race Circuit

By: | May 20th, 2015

Autonomous Audi Pikes Peak

Autonomous Audi Pikes Peak (Image Courtesy www.audi.com)

Driverless Vehicle vs. Human

A new type of man versus machine test, known as the “turning test,” has recently emerged. In it, a blindfolded passenger sitting in the backseat of a car driving around a race track tries to guess whether or not the driver is human or robot.

A Stanford University team of engineers has developed a driverless vehicle that was able to defeat a professional race car driver, well actually, David Vodden, CEO of Thunderhill Raceway Park, located near Willows, California. Thunderhill Raceway Park is rented for racing events, lapping day events, go cart events, driving schools, and more, and most of the drivers are amateurs.


Thunderhill_Raceway_Park (Image Courtesy www.zcarworld.com)

As might be expected, the Stanford engineers used hardware and software to help calculate the best path for the autonomous vehicle to take on straightaways and around curves. According to sources, Stanford engineers were “talking trash” in hoping to challenge a professional driver who makes tens of millions of dollars a year in a machine versus┬áhuman race.

Thunderhill Raceway Park

Thunderhill Raceway Park (Image Courtesy www.thunderhill.com)

The World’s Fastest Autonomous Car

Volkswagen AG Audi, the German car manufacturer, recently received permits to test driverless vehicles on public roads in California while Google, Tesla, and Mercedes have been developing driverless technology. Audi’s Driverless RS7 is pictured below.

Autonomous Audi Pikes Peak

Autonomous Audi Pikes Peak (Image Courtesy www.audi.com)


The following video shows the Audi RS7:

David Russell Schilling

David enjoys writing about high technology and its potential to make life better for all who inhabit planet earth.

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